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jayb

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Re: February 12, 2012 - The Road to Drag Week 2012
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2012, 10:56:51 PM »
So, you think I should convert to ladder bars on the Galaxie?
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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Re: February 12, 2012 - The Road to Drag Week 2012
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2012, 02:30:12 PM »
Obviously, the Galaxie doesn't need them to run strong.

But...

IF you want to bring 3 cars to Drag Week;
IF Hot Rod says "no way" to the Caltracks;

What other choice is there?

 Initially, I was thinking leave the caltracks to do the job, and just hang some ladder bars on there to do nothing but look legal. But after putting more thought into it, that may not be possible. No doubt, ladder bars with leaf springs work very well and they are simple to install and adjust. 

I'm OK with whatever you decide. 1 car, 2 cars, 3 cars. But the ol' Galaxie has such a huge fan base, (including me) it would be great to have it out there....

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Re: February 12, 2012 - The Road to Drag Week 2012
« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2012, 04:33:24 PM »
Sounds like BS to me... ???  

Why would they not allow a bolt on traction device... if ladder bars ARE legal??? What advantage would a Caltrac/leaf combo have over a ladder bar/coil over car?

Doesn't  make any sense to me. I could see a problem if it were the other way around...

And what do they have against Lenco's? Seems they are the only trans banned by name, in most classes. I don't see any other trans mentioned. No sponsor money or something "political"? It would seem to be the perfect trans for drag week, a bullet proof street and strip deal for high HP.
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Re: February 12, 2012 - The Road to Drag Week 2012
« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2012, 04:45:03 PM »
HJ and XR7....Rules as we know often don't make sense. Still, it's Jay's call if he really wants to enter as many Fords as he can.  He's already stated he wants to. So the question is less intent, the rules, etc. in my book. Agree that the big G already bites well and launches great. That's' not the issue though, is it?

 
 
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Re: February 12, 2012 - The Road to Drag Week 2012
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2012, 06:21:01 PM »
Yes that is true! Sorry, I didn't mean to muddy up the thread...

I suppose it wouldn't be that much work to install floaters and ladder bars to use with the leafs. Make a front cross member that perhaps could be a bolt in. So that if in the future... if you wanted to convert back, everything would be retro-fitable... (is that a word?). Except for the ladder bar brackets that would be welded to the housing, and some brackets to the frame for the front cross member, I think everything else would be pretty much a bolt in and not too terribly expensive.
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Re: February 12, 2012 - The Road to Drag Week 2012
« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2012, 06:43:39 PM »

I suppose it wouldn't be that much work to install floaters and ladder bars to use with the leafs. Make a front cross member that perhaps could be a bolt in. So that if in the future... if you wanted to convert back, everything would be retro-fitable... (is that a word?). Except for the ladder bar brackets that would be welded to the housing, and some brackets to the frame for the front cross member, I think everything else would be pretty much a bolt in and not too terribly expensive.

I think that's right, and the only bad thing about this is that the car would then have to compete in Modified, rather than in Super Street which is where it really belongs.  So, I'd have two cars in Modified.  Oh well...

Frankly, it really gripes me that the GM unibody cars with the bolt in front subframes can do whatever they want for the front end, as long as it is a bolt in.  There are no bolt in front subframes for Mustangs, Torinos, or Galaxies; if you want to do the same modifications, you have to weld in the parts.  And that kicks my Galaxie out of the class.  Can't say I'm happy about that  :-[  In any case, though, going the ladder bar and floater mount as you described would be my best option if I was going to try to get the Galaxie in...
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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Re: February 12, 2012 - The Road to Drag Week 2012
« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2012, 08:49:38 PM »
XR7...you did not muddy up anything IMHO so no apology necessary!

It's Jay's call though...I do think he'd be wise to change the G to fit the rules and get all the the Fords he wants "into the show" but hey.......it's not my cash or time or effort!

 

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Re: February 12, 2012 - The Road to Drag Week 2012
« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2012, 05:35:08 PM »
If you could get the wording changed a little bit a few flanges & bolts could make it a bolt on affair. Granted that is not likely to happen...

"Aftermarket front-clip kits that replace the stock framerails forward of the firewall are allowed, but they must be commonly available from a recognized manufacturer and must be designed to bolt in place on the stock frame or unibody."

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